Essential oils are used in so many products such as soaps, lotions, candles, shampoos, bath salts, room mists, cleaners,and mouth wash to name a few.
Caution needs to be taken by everyone with use of essential oils. Especially with children, animals, and during pregnancy. It is always wise to seek advice from a certified aromatherapist if there is something specific you are treating, and if you are uncertain about safety.
In Europe oils are routinely taken internally. But there is a large community of trained allopathic/ naturopathic doctors who can safely prescribe. It is not recommended to take them orally. Essential oils are so easily absorbed into the circulatory system that there is no reason to ingest them.
If I had to choose oils for the average home to have in their medicine cabinet, I would choose lavender, tea tree, chamomile, peppermint, eucalyptus, geranium, thyme, rosemary, and lemon. I will write today on my top two.
Lavender – this oil is capable of so many treatments. Every home should have this if no other!! Great on burns, wounds, insomnia, and respiratory conditions. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, sedative and detoxifier. Use of lavender can contribute to quick cell regeneration of wounds. Caution with low blood pressure and early pregnancy since most woman’s blood pressure drops at this time.
Tea Tree – antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. The antiseptic properties of this oil are 100 times more than carbolic acid – but non-toxic to humans!! It can be used to treat acne, wounds, toothaches and mouthwashes, any types of fungus such as athletes foot.
I will write about the others in my next post as well as dosage. I will also give some great blends to diffuse in your home that I have created in my past 18 years of being a certified aromatherapist.